A directory of free useful software (AKA freeware)

Dotnoc has chosen some of its favourite free software for our clients

As a free service to our valued clients and future clients, Dotnoc has compiled a list of our favourite free software. This software more then often is the best alternative we have found to commercial software that most often times costs hundreds or thousands of dollars for licensing. Dotnoc at times installs this software for clients workstations that do not need the high priced software's and bloated features that most software companies now include for their paid software's.

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Feel free to send us software's that you feel should be on this list but are not. Please note that the software listed here will run primarily on the Windows platform. Please note that Dotnoc does no promote, endorse or are affiliated with any software vendors/groups listed on this page. This page is for informational purposes only.

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Windows operating system replacement Linux is a free open-source operating system based on Unix. Linux was originally created by Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers from around the globe. Visit website

Open Office
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Microsoft Office replacement OpenOffice.org Version 1 was the first product to deliver the benefits of open-source software to mass-market users, delivering essential everyday software tools completely free of charge. Translated into over 30 languages, available on all major computing platforms (Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X X11, GNU/Linux, Solaris), OpenOffice.org Version 1 is now in use by tens of millions of delighted users worldwide. Visit website

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Free Adobe PDF Distiller alternative Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world. CutePDF Writer (formerly CutePDF Printer) is the free version of commercial PDF creation software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a "printer subsystem". This enables virtually any Windows applications (must be able to print) to create professional quality PDF documents - with just a push of a button! Visit website

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Free FTP Server that a 100% better alternative to IIS FTP FileZilla is a fast FTP and SFTP client for Windows with a lot of features. FileZilla Server is a reliable FTP server. FileZilla is a powerful FTP-client for Windows 9x, ME, NT4, 2000 and XP. It has been designed for ease of use and with support for as many features as possible, while still being fast and reliable. Visit website

PDF Reader
Adobe Acrobat replacment PDF Reader is a free program to view, modify and print pdf files. It is very small, only about 2 MByte to download (compared to Adobe's Acrobat reader at 28MB). You can open, view, zoom and print PDF files. Visit website

Mozilla Firefox
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Internet Explorer alternative The award-winning, free Web browser is better than ever. Browse the Web with confidence - Firefox protects you from viruses, spyware and pop-ups. Enjoy improvements to performance, ease of use and privacy. It's easy to import your favorites and settings and get started. Download Firefox now and get the most out of the Web. Visit website

Mozilla Thunderbird
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Free mail client and a simple effective alternative to Outlook Express Thunderbird delivers. Enjoy safe, fast, and easy email, with intelligent spam filters, quick message search, and customizable views. Brought to you by Mozilla, Thunderbird makes email better. Visit website

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Free Winzip alternative 7-Zip is a file archiver with high compression ratio. It can compress and decompress most standard file formats such as 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB. Visit website

VLC Media Player
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Highly portable multimedia player VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. Visit website

AVG Antivirus
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Free antivirus protection AVG Anti-Virus Free is a free anti-virus protection tool developed by GRISOFT for home use. We invite you to join the millions of satisfied customers worldwide who have downloaded the software and now enjoy the benefits of AVG Anti-Virus Free. Visit website

Real Alternative
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Real player alternative Real Alternative will allow you to play RealMedia files without having to install RealPlayer/RealOne Player. Visit website

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Free spyware protection Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. Visit website

Zone Alarm
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Free Personal Firewall ZoneAlarm delivers powerful security to your PC with an advanced firewall and other functions. Its comprehensive, easy-to-use features can enhance basic firewall or antivirus programs, and are perfect for anyone concerned about online privacy. Visit website

Simp Lite
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High encryption for MSN Messenger Simplite is a free encryption solution for MSN Messenger. SimpLite-MSN prevents eavesdroppers from reading your MSN Messenger conversations. As the original successor of Simp 1.0, SimpLite-MSN benefits from state of the art algorithms to secure your messages, whilst maintaining an intuitive interface. SimpLite-MSN authenticates your contacts using RSA keys up to 2048 bits. Encryption is done using the following algorithms: AES (up to 128 bits) or Twofish. Those proven modern algorithms guarantee a strong security of your online conversations. Visit website

Spam Protection for Outlook The SpamBayes project is working on developing a statistical (commonly, although a little inaccurately, referred to as Bayesian) anti-spam filter, initially based on the work of Paul Graham. The major difference between this and other, similar projects is the emphasis on testing newer approaches to scoring messages. While most anti-spam projects are still working with the original graham algorithm, we found that a number of alternate methods yielded a more useful response. Visit website

NVU (N-View)
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Web authoring system that rivals Frontpage A complete Web Authoring System for Linux desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver. Nvu (which stands for "new view") makes managing a web site a snap. Now anyone can create web pages and manage a website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML. Visit website

Simple File Shredder
Permanently deletes files from your hard drive Simple File Shredder is a utility that securely deletes your files so they can't be restored using recovery software. When you use Simple File Shredder to shred a file, the file is over-written with with random bytes before it's deleted. If the file was ever restored using recovery software, it would be worthless. Simple File Shredder can also shred free space on multiple drives to securely remove files already deleted through Windows. Visit website

TrueCrypt Hard drive encryption software
Disk Encryption software Encrypt hard drives and USB Flash drives TrueCrypt is a software system for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume (data storage device). On-the-fly encryption means that data are automatically encrypted or decrypted right before they are loaded or saved, without any user intervention. No data stored on an encrypted volume can be read (decrypted) without using the correct password/keyfile(s) or correct encryption keys. Entire file system is encrypted (e.g.., file names, folder names, contents of every file, free space, meta data, etc). Visit website

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